This evening the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, has written to council leaders about remote meetings to confirm that the government has considered the case for extending legislation very carefully and has concluded that it is not possible to bring forward emergency legislation on this issue at this time. Our chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter, has responded... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 23:01 by Wendy Amis
Cyber security, a really important issue for public bodies, is clearly explained in a new booklet published by NALC, along with practical guidance on minimizing the risks to the council. The guide covers the most common threats such as phishing, viruses and loss of data.
Posted: Tue, 09 Mar 2021 12:11 by Wendy Amis
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 were made on 13 September and came in to force on 14 September, at 12.01. They amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 ("the Principal Regulations"), so that people may not participate in social gatherings, in any place, in groups of more than six,... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:47 by Wendy Amis
Local council meetings
Following the government announcement of further easing of lockdown restrictions from 4 July, as at 26 June both NALC and SLCC strongly advise local councils to continue to meet remotely, without the need for face to face contact. The government rules still state that we should all work from home if we can.
Local councils have the powers to hold public meetings remotely by using... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 11:40 by Wendy Amis
Eighteen months after the Committee on Standards in Public Life reported to the Prime Minister on improving ethical standards in local government, the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has been pleased to have worked with the Local Government Association (LGA) to take forward the recommendation to develop an updated national model code of conduct for all tiers of local government. This... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 17:23 by Wendy Amis
The Government has released updated guidelines related to the Coronavirus. As ever, it is important to use official Government advice to inform any actions or decisions, given the prevalence of unreliable news sources. On Monday afternoon the government released 'Our plan to rebuild: the UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy'. This gives more detail of new government guidelines that come into... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 May 2020 15:32 by Wendy Amis
The National Centre for Cyber Security (NCSC) has issued updated guidance to help individuals and organisations choose, set up and use video conferencing safely and securely. The Local Government Association also provide guidance and support on holding remote meetings.
Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:54 by Wendy Amis
This guide, along with the notes listing the key changes are now available on our website. Plus an addendum that confirms the changes to the dates in the guide, as per the Coronavirus legislation (giving an extra 2 months to complete each stage of the process).
Posted: Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:48 by Wendy Amis